Printing Christmas Cards

Although it seems like it’s a long way off I’m afraid to report that it really isn’t….yep, Christmas is coming  and in about 9wks time eekk! For me this is the busiest time of my year and I’ve been making fused glass Christmas decorations since the heatwave back in July so on this rare weekend off I decided it was time to get my Christmas cards made.

This year I am running workshops at The Make it Room, Howe Green, Chelmsford and Craft Classes at Beautiful Things, Ingrave, Brentwood in making Christmas cards, tags and wrap with lino printing techniques. As a result of this I have fully stocked card making and print making boxes and thought that it would be a good opportunity to make my seasonal cards slightly differently this year.

ImageI made a start by drawing a design onto a fab product called ‘easy carve lino’. It is so much easier to carve into than the old fashioned lino tiles with a hessian back. No more heating your lino on a radiator or under a hot tap to made it soft enough to carve into (I’ll bet this brings back some memories of school art lessons for a few of you!), this stuff is soft enough straight away 🙂 

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I’ve deliberately left the cut lines showing. It will help to create a flow within the design and adds to the character of a lino print. As I was planning on printing this onto white card I removed everything I wanted to look snowy.Image

As many a crafter will understand, going into Hobbycraft can be a costly experience…far too many tempting things to buy to add to an already bulging craft cupboard!!! The other week I spotted mini letter stamps and thought they’d be great for the printing workshops and thankfully they work as well as I hoped they would.Image

I might have got a little carried away as I printed onto the envelopes with the lino and the letter stamps too….is it possible for things to look too pretty at Christmas?! no, thought not hehe…….and Mum, before you say anything, yes there is an enveloped printed for you and Dad too, it’s just underneath some of these!

By the time I got to printing out some wrapping paper I had company…..far too curious for her own good 🙂Image

If you’d like to have a go at making your own designs my workshops at The Make It Room, Chelmsford are on Tues 5th Nov 10-12.30, Weds 13th Nov 6-8.30pm and Thurs 21st Nov 9-11.30 am. Booking is via http://www.themakeitroom.co.uk/epages/587985.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/587985/Categories/Workshops/Christmas

If you live closer to Brentwood the workshops there are on Thurs 14th Nov 10-1pm and booking is via http://www.clairemackaness.com/adultclasses.html

Materials will be provided and you’ll be able to take you pieces of lino home with you so if you need to print more cards/tags/paper then you’ll be able to 🙂

Hope to see some of you soon.

 

 

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Glass stock for Fairs

Why is it that I have a garage with boxes upon boxes of glass and yet I still always feel like I don’t have enough stock right before every craft fair I do?!?! I think it’s a strange phenomenon experienced by most crafters and sure enough I’ve been suffering from it this week. I think we should come with a name for it…what do you reckon this could be called?

I’ve had the kiln/s on every day for the past few weeks firing student work, and my own work, and this is some of what I’ve been making.

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Seasonal Glass

It feels a little bit odd to be doing this at the height of summer, in the middle of a heat wave, but needs must…..I’ve been making Christmas decorations! Yep you read right!

This year I have signed up to do a 4 day Christmas market and with opening hours of 10am -8pm I will need to take a lot of stock with me. I am therefore starting early and getting ahead on making some fused glass decorations. If I can make a few each week between now and the end of November there shouldn’t be a last minute rush in making enough stock. I have a glass order coming tomorrow full of red, green and white glass and then I’ll be onto making my 3D decorations too.

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